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‘Cats Get Long-Awaited Victory Over Cardinals

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm

By Ethan Colbert
bgted@lcs.net

It was a rematch almost 43 years in the making, but the Bowling Green High School Bobcats finally enacted revenge on the South Shelby Cardinals, who in the two teams’ previous meeting in 1975 defeated the ‘Cats by a score of 41 to 0.
Trailing by two at the halftime break, the Bobcats would go on a 29-point scoring blitz in the second half, including three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, to seal the program’s first-ever victory over the Cardinals.
The final score was 43-24 in favor of the Bobcats.
While the historic elements of the game may be lost to some, they were not lost on Bowling Green High School senior running back Kaleo Dade who described the Friday night victory as “huge.”
“It is huge to beat South Shelby, who is a Clarence Cannon Conference powerhouse,” Dade said. “To beat them at home makes this win even bigger.”
Second year head coach Kevin Krietemeyer agreed and echoed Dade’s assessment in his post-game interview.
“It is a huge win; it really is,” Krietemeyer said. “You walk into South Shelby and you see the tradition. You see the program that they have, you see how physical their kids are, and you see how well coached they are. Coach Wilt does a great job. So, when you can beat them — especially when they do what they do — it is a great win.”

Bowling Green’s Hayden Finley chases after South Shelby’s Brock Wood during Friday night’s game at Shelbina. Finley, who is a sophomore at BGHS, had five tackles in Friday night’s game, including one tackle for a loss. Thanks in part to the work of Finley and the Bowling Green High School defense, the Bobcats left Shelbina with the program’s first-ever football win over the South Shelby Cardinals. The final score in Friday night’s game was 43-24.

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